MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 17, 2018 THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. The struggles faced by idiosyncratic and maverick filmmaker Terry Gilliam in trying to bring to the screen his long gestating passion project about Don Quixote have been well detailed in the fascinating 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. That film told of the storms that destroyed sets, the lack of financial support and the ill health of its star, all of which combined to halt production within a week of the project starting physical production. Now some twenty years Continue reading

THE WIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bjorn Runge Stars: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater, Annie Stake, Harry Lloyd, Elizabeth McGovern, Karin Franz .Korlof, Alix Wilton Regan. Behind every great man there is a great woman, according to the maxim, and that is certainly borne out in this intelligent and thought-provoking character study from Swedish director Bjorn Runge (Daybreak, etc). The time is 1992. New York author Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) is regarded as America’s greatest living writer and he is about to win the Nobel Prize for Continue reading

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher McQuarrie Stars: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley. Most film franchises seem to run out of inspiration before too long, but the Mission Impossible series seems to have gone from strength to strength, with the Brad Bird helmed Ghost Protocol being arguably the strongest film to date. Rogue Nation (2015) took the series in a slightly different direction under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie Continue reading

FUNNY COW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adrian Shergold Stars: Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Tony Pitts, Paddy Considine, Macy Shackleford, Lindsey Coulson, Christine Bottomley, Vic Reeves, Kevin Eldon, Richard Hawley. Many comics seems to be insecure, unhappy, lonely, and they turn to humour as a way of dealing with their emotional pain, and they often use humour as a defence mechanism. And this is the plight of our heroine here in this sombre, unflinching, abrasive and unapologetically bleak tale about a damaged woman trying to make it in the male Continue reading

THE BREAKER UPPERERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Madeleine Sami and Jackie Van Beek Stars: Madeleine Sami, Jackie Van Beek, James Rolleston, Cecilia Pacquola, Ana Scotney. As Neil Sedaka once sang: “Breaking up is hard to do”, and that is borne out in this quirky, edgy occasionally abrasive and original romcom from New Zealand. People have a pathological fear of breaking off their relationships, so it’s nice to have someone to turn to for help who has no emotional stake in the relationship. And that’s where the titular breaker Upperers come in useful. Chosen to open the 2018 Continue reading